Food safety starts with food shopping. Whether you prefer a farmer's market, a grocery store or a club warehouse store, taking simple precautions can prevent foodborne illness. The order in which you put items in your grocery cart, the items you select and how quickly you get them home all play a part in keeping foods safe to eat.
The next time you head out to restock your kitchen, keep safety in mind.
- Shop for non-perishable items first and leave refrigerated and frozen items for the end of your trip.
- Have meats, poultry and seafood bagged separately from other foods.
- Transport foods in the back seat rather than a hot trunk and when you get home, unload your groceries right away.
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